LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Different location, same result. The #13 MSOE hockey team headed out on their first road game of the 2019-20 season, taking on the Foresters of Lake Forest south of the Wisconsin border. It seemed that the good vibes traveled with them as well. Though the game was closer than any other this season, the Red & White battled to take home their fifth straight to open the new season.
#13 MSOE – 4
(RV) Lake Forest – 3
HOW IT HAPPENED
When I say the scoring started quickly in Wednesday night's ballgame, I mean it really started quickly. Just ten seconds after the opening faceoff, #13 MSOE's (5-0-0, 1-0-0 NCHA) Nigel Nelson scored unassisted to give the Raiders the immediate 1-0 lead. It wouldn't last long though. While the Raiders were on a power play, (RV) Lake Forest (3-1-1, 2-1-0 NCHA) scored a shorthanded goal to even up the game at 1-1. The whirlwind first period continued via back to back goals by Stian Owens at 9:50 and 13:19, with Garrett Gintoli picking up assists on both goals while Nick Redmon helped out on the first. LFC cut the Raider lead to one with a late period goal to send the contest into the first intermission at 3-2. All was quiet in the second period, and no one found the scoresheet again until early in the third when the Foresters tied up the game. Would this game be the first overtime contest of the season for the Raiders? Thanks to Brandon Turer, it would not. The sophomore was set up by Kyle Herbster and Zach Davis to score the game winning tally at 14:03 and hand the Raiders their first NCHA win of the season.
- The Raiders current five game winning streak is the longest to open a season since they accomplished the same feat during the 2011-12 campaign.
WHO'S ON DECK
The Raiders will return home for their last home games of 2019 when they take on St. Scholastica in a two-game series starting at 7:05 pm this Friday. It's Teddy Bear Toss night, so fans are encouraged to bring new stuffed animals to the rink to throw on the ice in-between the first and second period. The animals will then be collected and donated to Childrens Wisconsin. We hope to see you there!